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Pathway near the Brisbane River and buildings in the background in Brisbane Australia.

City at a Glance

Brisbane, Australia
Location Eastern coast of Australia
City type Metropolis
Population 2.5 million
Official language(s) English
Climate Subtropical
Average temperatures January: 77° F, July: 49° F
Landscape Urban, coastal plains
Factoid The city is known as Brizzie to the locals.

About Brisbane

Brisbane's leisurely outlook and urban lifestyle attracts a younger set to its sunny environs. A bit of a tourist town, Brizzie offers locals and visitors alike the best of its culture and beaches. The city is the gateway to Queensland's natural beauty—including mountain ranges and rainforests—allowing you to stretch your time in the subtropical warmth.

Where is Brisbane

-27.4697707, 153.0251235

What to do in Brisbane

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos, connect with nature, and make memories for life at this experiential and educational sanctuary.  
  • West End: Shop, eat, and listen to live music in an eclectic inner-city suburb.
  • Brisbane Powerhouse: Tap your artsy side in the repurposed tram power station that is now a contemporary art and performing arts venue.
  • South Bank: Spend some downtime in this cultural epicenter complete with a beach, museums, parklands, walking and cycling trails, and pools.
  • Queensland Cultural Centre: Peruse the history, culture, and modern and indigenous art of Australia.

Within three months in Queensland, I was able to conduct two full research projects on North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay and Heron Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef. Australia could not have come at a more perfect time in my personal and educational life. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.

Kerri Luttrell UC Santa Barbara Aquatic Biology Australia

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